The Developmental Psychobiology Lab’s (DPB lab) research focuses on early life influences on development. During pregnancy and the early postnatal years, environmental factors are more likely to exert programming, or long-term, effects on the child’s development. Our lab’s research includes three lines: first, influences of prenatal maternal mental wellbeing on children’s health and behavioural development; second, development of the physiological stress system in children, and its relation to behavioural and emotional regulation and physical health. And third, the development of the intestinal microbiota and its relation to children’s health, behavioural and emotion regulation, and physiological stress system.


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  • Roseriet Beijers on national radio
    Roseriet Beijers was invited to Focus, a program on NPO Radio 1. She was there to talk about her research, the KNAW Award she received last Monday and the COPE Study. You can watch and/or listen to the one-hour…
  • Science meets entertainment: BRC Science Slam
    The Baby & Child Research Center proudly announces the first BRC Science Slam. Join us on Saturday, February 20, at 8 pm for a night of science and entertainment. Five early career researchers get 10 minutes each to present their…
  • Full-time childcare and bonding
    This week Carolina de Weerth responds to a parenting question for the column “Opgevoed in newspaper NRC”. “Since this month I have a new job, where I work five days a week and my son goes to childcare full-time….
  • Summer School 12-16 July 2021
    You can now apply for the next edition of our 1-week summer school on Early Programming from 12 to 16 July 2021! This highly interactive course looks into a broad range of exciting and recently discovered environmental factors and…